Where She's At

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Makeup hides the bruises;
Long sleeves cover the scars;
He tells her that he "loves her,"
But love isn't where they are.

Her friends know she's hiding something,
But it's what she doesn't say
That confirms all of their suspicions.
Because not all tell-tale signs fade.

He tells her that he "loves her,"
But love isn't where they are.
Because love shouldn't leave
These kinds of scars.

She hugs herself, shivers;
Bows her head, looks away;
Wonders when the day will come
When she won't hang her head in shame.

She wears sunglasses in winter,
And sweaters throughout summer.
She knows the situation is getting worse;
Her friends aren't getting any dumber.

They say she needs to leave him,
Walk away form all the pain.
But every time she tries to,
He plays his same old games…

He tells her that he "loves her,"
But love isn't where they are.
Because love shouldn't leave
These kinds of scars.

And finally, she's had enough;
And she's walking out that door,
Telling him she won't be
His scapegoat anymore.

And he tells her that he "loves her,"
But she knows the feeling isn't there.
He tells her that he "needs her."
She says, "Find someone who cares."

At long last she stands tall,
Sunlight shining on her face
Letting the truth wash away
All the lingering disgrace.

He told her that he "loves her,"
But she knows now it wasn't true.
Because love isn't something that
Should have to be endured.

He told her he "loves her,"
But love isn't where she's at.
Though, she still wishes one day
That in love is where she'll be.

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L. Kantenseter
5-22-07